Friday Flash Review: Cor Silver Soap

Cor Silver Soap It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Since the last Friday Flash Review, I mean. I don’t know what happened, really – I just lost momentum with the whole ‘first person present tense continuous stream of consciousness’ thing that it required. But here we are, on a Friday, with a Flash Review, so I think we can safely say that it’s back. Yes, Friday’s are once again the day for ridiculous statements, wandering thoughts and nonsensical asides.

You can switch your brains off round about…….now.

“COR! Cor blimey! That’s an expensive soap! You wouldn’t want to drop it in the bath, that’s for sure. £100 for 120g, or £30 for 35g, or £15 for 10g. If you wanted to pay a ‘normal, soap-appropriate’ price, you’d end up with approximately half a sliver of Cor. COR! Sorry. I will stop making COR! noises quite shortly – it’s just so much fun. Now I know what it’s like to be a scaffolder or a roofer – CORRRRR!

The soap. Ah, yes – here are some facts and figures, taken from Blissworld’s blurb and bastardised, by me, out of all recognition:

1) The soap contains silver (this is the main selling point) which has long been known for its anti-bacterial and healing properties. The ‘nano-silver-silica compound’ is the starting point for all of Cor’s skincare – the silica prepares the skin to ‘accept the ingredients of Cor’. (Accept the ingredients of Cor! is a phrase to be bellowed by a Greek God, with flames leaping up all around him. Obey Cor!)

2) Cor also contains marine Collagen, Sericin and Chitosan to ‘add a youthful appearance’, ‘form a film’ and ‘even out skin tone’, respectively.

3) It also contains soothing Jojoba and Aloe, Hyaluronic Acid (hold moisture to the skin) and Avocado for vitamins.

Now, that all sounds very impressive but I am slightly torn (as usual!) over some of the claims made in the product description. I’m dubious, you see, as to how much an ingredient can do if you are rinsing it off almost immediately. Can all of these bits and bobs (which appear to have been micronized so that the particles are teeny tiny and can perform to the best of their capabilities ‘upon reaching the target layer’) (Houston, this is Apollo Thirteen. We have reached the target layer)) really work enough magic to justify such a huge price tag?

Let’s give it a little test, shall we?

Good lather. I have the 30g ‘travel size’ which is like a little golf ball and it fits into my hands nicely. (I’m guessing that the full size would be more like a tennis ball – I’d be inclined to remove it from the box and use a proper soap dish because this one, to me, spells trouble. There’s no way for air to get beneath the soap so you’d get that melty, soggy bottom, which on a soap as expensive as this is not desirable.)

Lather is massaged over my face, including the eye area (brave, I know – just call me your human guinea pig!) and left on for the recommended two minutes. A little longer, actually. Rinsing is pretty easy (you just splash water in the general direction of your face) and hey-presto – we have a result!

My skin is quite tight – not uncomfortably so, but it definitely is. I get that feeling with many rinse-off cleansers, so it’s nothing shocking, but I was expecting the ‘finish’ to be a little more moisturised, what with the hyaluronic acid ‘n all. My skin is sparkly clean and bright, but I’m not sure, after one use, whether this is a great success story.

Which is why I’m leaving you with a cliffhanger – I don’t believe that you can rate skincare after one use, so I’ll report back with my findings at a slightly later date. In the meantime, I’d like to know the following:

1) Has anyone here tried this soap?

2) How did they get on?”

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20 Comments

  1. Yasmin Selena Butt
    September 2, 2011 / 8:29 am

    I don’t know about the rather expensive, dubious-claim-making soap, but I sure enjoyed the excitement of you unravelling and using it! That was a fun post, Ruth : ) You’re a good writer as well as beauty expert investigative model lass ; )! x

  2. Scelestus Tempestas
    September 2, 2011 / 9:09 am

    Thanks to the imagery of:
    ‘(Accept the ingredients of Cor! is a phrase to be bellowed by a Greek God, with flames leaping up all around him. Obey Cor!)’

    I now have cereal all over my laptop :)

    And I thought I was the only one to be amused by the little things..
    (‘Alo Vera!) :D

    • admin
      September 2, 2011 / 10:00 am

      @ST haha!! Sorry about that… x

  3. September 2, 2011 / 9:18 am

    Wow, that is one pricey soap! I think it would take a lot of convincing for me to use any soap on face, let alone spend a hundred quid in the process.

  4. Mel
    September 2, 2011 / 10:25 am

    That feeling you got with the soap, is what I get everytime I use a normal bar of soap..so that doesn’t surprise you got that feeling. I am not a fan of soap bars, they get slimy, leave residue where they’ve been & far too drying on my skin (that tight feeling). So no matter how much they charge, or what else they put in (gold, diamonds). I think I’ll stick to cleanser’s and face washes. This kind of says, ‘status to me’ as in I can afford to spend loads.. rather than its a great product.

    • admin
      September 2, 2011 / 10:47 am

      @Mel yes, well we shall see how the testing goes. It will have to do something pretty extraordinary to justify that price! xx

  5. Marcie
    September 2, 2011 / 11:46 am

    Tried this soap a few months back (travel size as a gift), and I have to admit I felt exactly the same thing as you. It was tight on my face, tingled while the soap was on, it looked really clean, however after using it over a few weeks my skin became too dry and didn’t look as moisturized as it used too. Not sure if killing all bacteria on the skin i; a good thing; I’m thinking along the lines of how people don’t expose themselves to bacteria/some substances anymore and then start developing allergies because they don’t have the right defenses. The soap is alright, but don’t think I would seek it out. If I do get my hands on it again, I will only use it on occasion. I prefer a step by step range, but everyone’s skin is different :)

    • admin
      September 2, 2011 / 12:34 pm

      @Marcie that’s interesting – thanks for your feedback! On your face, it’s probably a good thing to be ridding the skin of bacteria, especially if you have acne, but I agree, too much could be overkill, especially if it’s drying at the same time! I’m persevering with it all the same, let’s see what happens! x

  6. Marcie
    September 2, 2011 / 1:13 pm

    Brave woman! :D Can’t wait to see an update on it! Love your reviews! Enjoy the brilliant weekend we’re meant to have in London!

  7. September 2, 2011 / 1:56 pm

    Haha! Girl, you are so funny! I know you’re a (stunning) model and all, but seriously consider a TV hosting gig!

  8. Amigurumigirl
    September 2, 2011 / 2:37 pm

    Hahahaha hilarious! :) that’s one crazy soap.

  9. rtg
    September 2, 2011 / 4:33 pm

    I have used this soap for many years and yes it is that good. It makes your skin bright and smooth. True, it can dry you out so just use it once per day or 3 times per week. I normally buy the trial size which lasts about a month. All you need to do is swipe the bar once or twice across your wet palm and you have enough lather to do your face neck and chest. I leave it on in the shower while I wash my body and rinse my face right before I get out. Then tone and moisturize.

    I normally do a course of this soap every six months and my skin is pretty flawless. And I’m 52 years old. Check it out!

    • admin
      September 2, 2011 / 5:38 pm

      @RTG that’s good to know, thanks for that!! xx

  10. Anna
    September 3, 2011 / 12:03 am

    Hi Ruth, I love reading your daily pick-me-up posts, a bit off topic but I wanted to ask you a question regarding the Alpha-H liquid gold I have heard you mention a few times. I’m 16 and prone to spots, with oily skin and some visible pores in places. I was wondering if the liquid gold would be good for my particular issues and appropriate for my age, as from what I have heard it sounds wonderful, or if there could be a better substitute such as liquid harmony? Thank you so much :)

    • admin
      September 3, 2011 / 9:44 am

      @Anna I haven’t actually tried the Liquid Harmony – but their blemish range is really excellent, this might be a little more suited? You could use glycolic without a problem, I would have thought, but the dedicated range might be more effective overall for you! x

  11. kia
    September 6, 2011 / 3:32 pm

    I am geting it soon, so i’ll let you know how i get on! x

  12. daniel
    October 6, 2011 / 4:08 pm

    I tried this soap probably about 3 years ago when it first came out. i forked out for the big size and what a dissapointment. I did exactly what they said asnd i foamed it up and left it on for a few minutes.

    when i washed it away my face felt kind of like i had used a normal bar of soap on it something i have not done ever since i found out it was terrible for your face.

    I kept on persisting as i know you have to give a product at least a month. My face felt coated all day and not very clean i did not notice any brightening or firming at all. I ended up usung it so shave with as a shave cream and it worked a treat. But £120 for a shave cream is a little but too extravagant for my liking :) i wont be getting it again.

  13. mary
    March 11, 2013 / 11:22 pm

    have also heard good things about the soap however for any-one at all concerned about the environment it may pay to google ‘silver nano particles’ the main “wonder’ ingredient in Cor – there is huge concern about what these do to fish and aquatic life and other environmental issues being studied – a real worry!

  14. anoushka
    March 30, 2017 / 3:58 pm

    I have just bought the smallest of size of this soap and have been using it for two days; I have to say, I’m not keen. First of all, my skin, which although prone to spots was clear, has now broken out really badly. Secondly, my skin’s really dry – as in you can see flakey bits even when I’ve moisturised and have make-up on. I know soap is inherently drying, but given that this is one is supposed to be made from fairies’ armpits and God’s own tears I thought it wouldn’t do this. So, after two days I’m giving up on it – not least because I have a date in two days. AAAAARGH!!

  15. April 1, 2017 / 8:22 am

    That soap is really alkaline. I have it and went to the lengths of testing is with litmus paper after it fouled up my skin, it’s ph 10. Not good for skin, be wary.

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